Illustration by Angelika Manhart

I knew I wanted to be a scientist when…

Every participant in the basic Science Communication Workshop at NYU writes a narrative responding to the prompt “I knew I wanted to be a scientist when….” The results, archived here and supplemented each semester with new essays, represent a rich and diverse literature on the nature of scientific inspiration. These stories begin in China and India, in South America and in middle America, in small towns and big cities. They all prove the wisdom of Henry Adams’s observation that “any road was good that arrived.”